Alterique Gilbert’s shoulder is costing him another season.
The Connecticut redshirt freshman is out for the year due to an injured shoulder that may require a third surgery for the 6-foot guard, the school announced Thursday.
“As we have said all along, we are going to listen to Alterique and do what is best for him and his family,” Huskies coach Kevin Ollie said in a statement. “If that includes surgery, then we will give him all the support he needs and welcome him back on the court next season. Meanwhile, he will have the chance to see the game from a different perspective. I know he will continue to be a great team leader — during practice, during games and off the court as well.”
Gilbert’s injury dates back to his high school career when he dislocated his shoulder twice that ultimately required surgery. He played just three games as a freshman until once again injury his shoulder, which necessitated a second surgery.
This year, Gilbert entered the season healthy, and scored 16 points against Oregon at the PK80 before sustaining yet another injury to the shoulder. He appeared in the Huskies game the following day, but played a season-low 17 minutes and hasn’t played since.
UConn is 7-5 and opens AAC play on Saturday when No. 8 Wichita State comes to Storrs.